German energy industry calls for comprehensive measures for rapid PV expansion

The German utilities industry association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft, BDEW) has made »the current challenges and obstacles to PV expansion« an issue and set out in a concept paper »which political and regulatory changes are necessary to trigger a PV boom now«.
According to the paper, there should no longer be an obligation to participate in tenders for PV systems up to one megawatt, and the legally guaranteed remuneration for small and medium-sized rooftop systems should be increased so that they are economically viable even without self-consumption. BDEW quotes tariffs of 10 to 12 euro cents (12.1 to 13.2 ¢) per kilowatt hour for systems of up to 100 kW, which is almost double the current level. Furthermore, BDEW calls for significant improvements in the area of »presuming«, i.e. the use of solar power for own purposes and at the same time for sale to third parties. The position paper explicitly mentions tenant electricity models and the formation of »energy communities«.
For larger plants, the association continues to advocate a gradual switch to a »symmetrical market premium« that corresponds to the principle of contracts for difference.
The 30-point paper places great emphasis on the area of large ground-mounted solar power plants. In addition to a significant increase in tender volumes, which would benefit this segment in particular, BDEW calls for the capacity limit for projects eligible for support in tenders to be raised from the current 20 to 30 MW. One percent of Germany’s land area should be reserved for ground-mounted systems under planning law.

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